This is a photo essay going back to the rawness of photo-journalism: the trip wasn’t just a journey; it was really a moment for going back to the basics. The idea was to travel across the battle ground states, but in the end the focus was on Ohio, where I tried to visually capture the feeling and the mood of the people living there, especially those who live in the shadows of the back streets of America. The country is in the throne of changes and the people are asking questions about the economy, health care, education, environment and the winds of war swirling around the globe that will have an impact on America.
This is a document of the corollary moral and political crisis that distinguishes, and highlights the differences of the Presidential contenders in election year 2012.
Focusing on the communities, the places and the Presidential campaigns being waged across Ohio it was like when I was younger shooting with my camera as one would shoot sketches in a drawing pad, the black and white images that emerged were like drawings with charcoal, dark tones and palates: in black and white, the images that I created on my road trip, came out looking like 3200 ASA pushed to 6400 ASA. I made this journey on my own, with no support, and no accreditation.
The journey took shape in Ohio, one of the battle ground states for the Presidential elections, traveling from New york to Penn, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois (Chicago): for three weeks I crossed the North East and, photographing the demonstrations, the rallies, the speeches, the polling centers, the voting process, and the final act of winning with the world watching it unfold on giant screens, in Daley Plaza, Chicago.
It was a unique experience, always shooting in very difficult settings, from darkness to light, or vice versa from light to darkness. I wanted to do something interesting, and the fact that I was not on assignment made it fun: I had my nose pressed up against the window, watching all the players inside shooting with their cell phones: the whole affair was very challenging in the end.
With thanks to Facing Change Documenting America.